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Congressman Richard Neal

Representing the 1st District of Massachusetts

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NEAL CALLS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO NAME A NEW U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

March 10, 2017
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Friends of Ireland in the United States Congress, released the following statement today calling on President Donald J. Trump to appoint a new U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland.

"As we prepare for the last official visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to Washington, D.C., contemplate the ramifications that Brexit will have on the island of Ireland, and digest the results of the recent elections in the north, there could not be a more appropriate time for President Donald Trump to name a new U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland. Since 1995, and the appointment of former Senator George Mitchell, there have been approximately six individuals, chosen by three presidents, who have served in this meaningful diplomatic post in a bipartisan manner.

On both sides of the Atlantic, there is little debate that each special envoy has played an indispensable role in the negotiation and implementation of several peace accords, and have helped to strengthen ties between the United States and Ireland. These men and women have been honest brokers whose appointments have signaled continued American interest in the region and ongoing support for the peace process.

We are now entering a critically important period of U.S.- Ireland relations, with a wide range of important issues to be addressed,
so I strongly urge President Trump to appoint a new special envoy at the earliest possible opportunity. It would continue a bipartisan practice that produced highly regarded U.S. representatives who helped create one of the most successful models of conflict resolution around the globe in recent memory."